Hang on!

We’ve been open for a season, and the white rails that my Mom and Dad helped put in right before opening last year have served their purpose.

Mom and Dad making handrails
Mom and Dad making handrails

It was hard work to get everything ready to open for the Thumb Arts Guild Studio Tour. Mom and Dad Meyers pitched in and nailed wood rails to the cement forms, which were supposed to come off after the cement had set, but made useful supports for the temp rails!

Mom painting the temp rails
Mom painting the temp rails

Fast forward almost exactly one year. Mike had made many calculations and CAD drawings to figure out the exact slope and length of the iron rails he ordered. Yet he was still nervous when they came and we set them out.

Of course they fit perfectly!
Of course they fit perfectly!

The first order of business was to drill 2.5″ wide by 3.5″ deep holes in concrete. 16 of them.

Good thing I work out!
Good thing he works out!

It took a lot of sweat on that hot sunny day to drill the holes. I was official vacuumer of the holes. It was definitely teamwork.

Walk softly and carry a big gun...
Walk softly and carry a big gun…

I also got the task of putting the hydraulic cement into the holes while Mike mixed the batches one by one. It dried pretty quickly so it had to be made in small batches. That went pretty smoothly as well.

Hydraulic cement
Hydraulic cement

All in all, for a task that had been a long time coming and a bit dreaded, it went well and we are very happy with the finished product!

We did it!
We did it!
Happy Church!
Happy Church!